AZ to Charge Family Members to Visit Their Loved Ones in Prison

From Think Progress:

Arizona law enables the Arizona prison system to charge people $25 a head before they can visit their friends or family members in prison. As David Fathi, director of the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, explains, the fee will ultimately undermine the state’s ability to rehabilitate inmates: “We know that one of the best things you can do if you want people to go straight and lead a law-abiding life when they get out of prison is to continue family contact while they’re in prison. Talk about penny-wise and pound-foolish.”

What Are You Reading

I’m slowly working my way through Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. I’m almost through with the second book and I’m almost ready to throw in the towel. I know plenty of people who swear by this series but I’m starting to think it’s a love it or hate it thing. I’m just having difficulty with it keeping my attention.

Are you reading anything good at the moment?

An Experiment

I think the most common complaint I receive is about the advertising. People hate ads. I’ve tried to keep them as unobtrusive as possible (i.e. no popups, no ads pretending to be posts, etc) but I still get complaints about certain ads or people heralding adblock as a solution. The problem is that this site costs me money to operate which has been covered for the most part by those villainous ads.

I have asked some of those people who have complained what a better solution would be. Most of them have suggested a donation system to support the site. I have no idea if it is realistic to cover the site expenses by donations alone. But I’m open to giving it a try. I created a donate button on the right under site info. If Cynics are generous enough to support this site through donations, I will start scaling back the advertising.

Also, if you have any suggestions about how I could improve the site, (guest bloggers, more contests, more Bachmann!) please use this thread to rant.